07 Mar 2014
Here you will find a round-up of all the latest news and events in mechanisms from around the world.
- Rachel Wilshaw, Oxfam’s Ethical Trade Manager, looks back on the 20 year rise of Fairtrade.
- Fairtrade coffee needs to focus on high quality and sustainable production, says the co-founder of Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, Steven Macatonia.
Small holding coffee farmers in Amazonas. Source: Union Hand Roasted Coffee
Insight from Fairtrade Fortnight: having fairtrade as part of your identity won’t make or break your business, but it can maximise positive perceptions.
Fairtrade sales in the UK have risen by 14 per cent in the last year, with sales in fair vegetables rising by 316 per cent.
- From 2016, UK farmers will receive payments for improving wildlife habitats, raising water quality and planting new woodlands.
- For Kagondu Njagi, an environmental writer based in Nairobi, Payments for Ecosystem Services are the way to go in Africa because they engage local communities on a day-to-day basis.
Purity Irungu from the Gathiuru Community Forest Association feeds firewood into an energy-saving cookstove, central Kenya. TRF/Kagondu Njagi. Source: Thomas Reuters Foundation.
- REDD+ must be included in regulations, private sector activity and business models to establish sustainable alternatives to deforestation as well as low-carbon opportunities for economic development, a UN backed report says.
- A debate about the relationship between governments and REDD+:
- “Governments’ priority should be to create value in forests, not bail out projects,” says Donna Lee, former US negotiator on REDD+. Meanwhile, Agustin Silvani from Conservation International says, “don’t confuse paying for REDD+ performance with a bail out."
- The UN climate change convention's Green Climate Fund had a board meeting last month. And, as IIED's Neha Rai explains, it yielded mixed results for world's most poor and climate vulnerable countries.
- Green Investment Bank and Societe Generale launch a £50m energy efficiency fund.
America’s first carbon-trading programme can boast some impressive numbers.
European Council agree to new transparency rules that extend green reporting legislation to include publicly listed companies with more than 500 employees.